Haigh Fire is now fully contained



Monday, June 15, 2014 – 7:30 a.m. – The Haigh Fire, which burned 130 acres near Coulterville at Highway 49 and Haigh Road, is now fully contained according to CAL FIRE.The fire burned in heavy brush. High temperatures and dry conditions allowed the fire to burn very quickly after it started at approximately 3 p.m. on Tuesday. No structures were destroyed […]

49er bar to offer crafts, root beer




Scott Eastwood (right) and Chris Jones (left) are opening a shop called Eastwood’s 49’er in the old 49er club operated by former county resident Randy Freitas. Local contractor Sonny Rose recently purchased the building.It’s been years since Randy Freitas, the former owner of downtown’s 49er bar, served cold beer in the Western-themed tavern. Stories of Freitas’ eccentricities are rife. Several […]

Mariposa loses a dynamic, generous community leader






Deiter DubberkeDieter Dubberke, a German immigrant who honed his management skills in Southern California before transforming Mariposa’s retail landscape, died on June 4 after a long battle with cancer. He was 75. In his 2009 autobiography, Dubberke recalled a fateful trip from Ojai to Yosemite National Park shortly before 1978. Returning through Mariposa, Dubberke’s wife Diane said, “‘Wait, look here; […]

Ponderosa Basin water system up for revamp




In a May 27 statement released to Mariposa County District 5 Supervisor John Carrier, the board of directors of the Ponderosa Basin Mutual Water Company (PBMWC) has revealed a list of capital improvement projects that the organization states must be performed over the next five years. The grand total for the planned improvements to infrastructure checks in at more than […]

Common Core curriculum hits local district




The Mariposa County Unified School District is giving a first glimpse into the Common Core textbooks and other educational materials that will be used in the coming school year. One of the most unique differences students and parents will see as the curriculum rolls out will be in mathematics, especially at the high school level, where algebra and geometry will […]

Gardens eradicated



In their ongoing effort to eradicate and destroy illegal marijuana gardens, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office deputies recently took down another pair of pot grows. On May 30, deputies eradicated 6,872 plants from a grow operation in the Hunters Valley Access Point area, near the Hunters Fire burn area. On June 3, deputies destroyed 1,176 young marijuana plants on a private […]

Sheriff’s Daily Dispatch Log



June 2 • A call reporting an out-of-control juvenile on Silva Road resulted in an arrest. • Illegal dumping was reported from Allred Road. • A call reporting trespassing was received from Dexter Road. • A bear was in trash on Darrah Road. June 3: • Petty theft was reported from Coakley Circle. • A mountain lion sighting was reported […]

Balloon launch fires students’ creativity




Eighth-grade teacher Danielle Grate (center) and a group of students strain to steady the class’s fullscale weather balloon before its June 5 launch.Engineer and entrepreneur John Tavis stood with a group of parents as Woodland Elementary School students sent a weather balloon barrelling towards the stratosphere last week. Funded with a $2,000 Tavis Corporation grant, the unique science project drew […]

Four homes are lost in second blaze




A total of four homes burned in the May 6 Valley Fire. Seen here, a helicopter makes a water drop in an attempt to protect one of the affected structures.The Valley Fire, which began near the southeast shore of Lake McClure on June 6, burned 90 acres and consumed four structures before being fully contained by firefighters on Sunday. One […]

Gun-toting man arrested by CHP



Russell KaadLast Wednesday morning, Mariposa County California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers responded to a propertydamage collision on Triangle Road involving a cattle guard and roadway signs. The report states that a small blue pick-up had struck and damaged a cattle guard and roadway signs in the area. Shortly after arriving, CHP located a blue Mitsubishi pickup with corresponding front end […]